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Nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses - United States, 2010.

Baron SL; Steege AL; Marsh SM; Chaumont Menendez C; Myers JR
MMWR Suppl 2013 Nov; 62(Suppl 3):35-40
In 2012, the U.S. civilian labor force comprised an estimated 155 million workers. Although employment can contribute positively to a worker's physical and psychological health, each year, many U.S. workers experience a work-related injury or illness. In 2011, approximately 3 million workers in private industry and 821,000 workers in state and local government experienced a nonfatal occupational injury or illness. Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses are estimated to cost the U.S. economy approximately $200 billion annually. Identifying disparities in work-related injury and illness rates can help public health authorities focus prevention efforts. Because work-related health disparities also are associated with social disadvantage, a comprehensive program to improve health equity can include improving workplace safety and health. This report and a similar study are part of the second CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report (CHDIR). The 2011 CHDIR was the first CDC report to assess disparities across a wide range of diseases, behavior risk factors, environmental exposures, social determinants, and health-care access. The topic presented in this report is based on criteria that are described in the 2013 CHDIR Introduction. This report provides information concerning disparities in nonfatal work-related injury and illness, a topic that was not discussed in the 2011 CHDIR. A separate report providing information on disparities in fatal work-related injuries and homicides across industry and occupation categories also is included in this second CHDIR. The purposes of this report are to discuss and raise awareness of differences in the characteristics of workers employed in high-risk occupations and to prompt actions to reduce these disparities.
Worker-health; Injuries; Diseases; Accident-rates; Accidents; Accident-statistics; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology; Age-factors; Demographic-characteristics; Surveillance-programs; Sociological-factors; Public-health; Behavior; Risk-factors; Employee-exposure; Environmental-exposure; Occupations; Lost-work-days; Disabled-workers; Injury-prevention; Disease-prevention; Health-care; Health-services; Work-practices; Safety-education
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Public Safety; Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities
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Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Supplements
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division